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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 8, 9 & 10

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 8, Arthur Sinclair, Junior.

Arthur has gone from very important job-role, running DeStRes, to becoming a money cop. His job is no less undesirable or difficult, probably more on both counts. I can’t quite get my head ’round the amount of work this man has to do both now and in the foreseeable future.
It seems he is trying, and possibly succeeding, in regaining faith in the American dollar & the banks. People are starting to move their hard-earned cash (pre & post war) from their Havanan havens to banks on in their home country.
Part of Arthur’s new job is to sort out the honest folk from those who are not so honest in their financial acquisitions.
Not exactly an envious job and one that very few individuals are any good at. Luckily, Arthur is not only trusted but reliably trustworthy and as a former SEC chairman, he knows the ropes. No need for re-training like with his former DeStRes job.

Of all the jobs I’ve done, being a money cop was best.

One of the more satisfying job-related moments has yet to come, though he is anticipating it.

Breckinridge Scott, yes, the Phalanx king, still hiding like a rat in his Antarctic Fortress of Scumditude.

A lot of people back home are waiting to see him, particularly the IRS.
[He grins and rubs his hands together.]


I can honestly feel a small measure of sympathy for Mr. Scott, even though the man was & is a parasite. Dealing with this money cop is really going to make Breckinridge wish he hadn’t invented Phalanx let alone profited from it.


Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 9, Kondo Tatsumi.

Ah, Tatsumi.
I do like this former geek.
He understands his generations way was destructive, knows Sensei Tomonaga’s old world was equally as bad, and acknowledges the need for a middle ground. A compromise of ideals and a harmony between countries.
If I didn’t know humanity as well as I like to think I do, I’d say Tatsumi’s world was on the path to Utopia. Ha!
Nevertheless, he believes that there has to be a better way. I’d like to think there is. Without hope there is nothing.

I can’t tell you if this is the right path; the future is too mountainous to see too far ahead.

With Japan’s Shield Society finally being recognised & accepted as an independent branch of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces, the path ahead is one of training, teaching, learning and adapting. But the duties of the Shield Society are not limited to the Japanese peoples, they plan to learn techniques from other countries and spread that knowledge to all who might listen.
The way knowledge should be used, to our advantage.


Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 10, Philip Adler.

Philip’s Goodbye is merely two short sentences but they manage to relay so much emotion, varying from disgust to pain, pity to sadness, fear to … I could go on & on.
He’s right though, more could have been done if the events that transpired hadn’t have been kept so secret & not only at the beginning.
Perhaps they might not have lost so many friends & families, abandoning all they once held dear to their hearts.
It is the survivors who abandoned with intent, that will be the most changed in the aftermath.
No amount of penance will be able to change that.

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